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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2014 Apr;44(2):200-17. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12073. Epub 2014 Feb 3.

Suicide risk among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender military personnel and veterans: what does the literature tell us?

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Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 19 Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), Denver, CO, USA; Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, USA.


Research suggests that both the military and veteran and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations may be at increased risk for suicide. A literature review was conducted to identify research related to suicide risk in the LGBT military and veteran populations. Despite the paucity of research directly addressing this issue, themes are discussed evident in the literature on LGBT identity and suicide risk as well as LGBT military service members and veterans. Factors such as social support and victimization appear to be particularly relevant. Suggestions are made with respect to future research that is needed on this very important and timely topic.

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